McCain in Reno, Nevada May 28, 2008: Obama Needs To See The Facts On The Ground In Iraq. Skip ahead to 1:20
John McCain in a townhall forum today in Reno, Nevada ripped Barack Obama for having ONLY been to Iraq one time two years ago (before the Surge) and for failing in his duties as a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
â€œA little over two years ago he went and he has never seized the opportunity except in a hearing to meet with General Petraeus. This is about leadership and learning.â€
â€œWhy is it that Senator Obama wants to sit down with the president of Iran but has not sat down with General Petraeusâ€¦â€
Is Obama Willing To Meet Ahmadinejad, But Not Petraeus?
Obama has been to Iraq once, in 2006. It was a two-day tour of the country.
I suppose one can argue about the value of seeing the situation on the ground with one’s own eyes, but wouldn’t the architect of a withdrawal want to see some of the circumstances himself? Even if Obama didn’t want to travel with McCain, is it really wise to suggest that a tour of post-surge Iraq is unnecessary? Wouldn’t scheduling a visit defuse criticism like this from Vets for Freedom PAC?
And isn’t Obama vulnerable to the argument that a man who’s pledged to meet unconditionally, one-on-one, face-to-face with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad really ought to meet at least once one-on-one with Gen. David Petraeus?
Barack Obama is too inexperienced in foreign policy to be the President and Commander in Chief. Obama has not served in the military and his military background is limited except a Great Uncle who served in World War II – and Obama got the facts wrong on his service.
Is this someone we can trust to be the leader of the free world, especially in a time of terrorism and war ?
Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker spoke directly to the next U.S. president Tuesday, giving a cautiously optimistic assessment of the situation in Iraq.
They just weren’t certain when they talked to the president.
Was it in the morning before a congressional panel that included Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.?
Or that afternoon when they spoke to another that included Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
In either case, the two top U.S. officials in Iraq said the military is making progress, with Petraeus calling for a halt in troop withdrawals to consolidate the surge’s gains. If carried out, the next president could enter office with more than 140,000 U.S. troops still in Iraq.
Actually, the decorum of the Senate and the Senate gallery was better than when General Petraeus testified last September. Remember when Moveon.org placed the General Betray US ad in the New York Times?
But, conditions on the ground are better in Iraq and Petraeus has done a remarkable job. Now, who will voters believe in November?
Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, speaks as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, right, looks on during a press conference at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) for Defence and Security Studies in London, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007.
Rudy Giuliani called on The New York Times to allow the campaign to purchase a full page ad at the same discounted rate they provided MoveOn.Org for their â€œabominableâ€ ad attacking General Petraeus.
The New York Times dramatically slashed its normal rates for a full-page advertisement for MoveOn.org’s ad questioning the integrity of Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq.
Headlined “Cooking the Books for the White House,” the ad which ran in Monday’s Times says Petraeus is “a military man constantly at war with the facts” and concluded – even before he testified before Congress – that “General Petraeus is likely to become General Betray Us.”
According to Abbe Serphos, director of public relations for the Times, “the open rate for an ad of that size and type is $181,692.”
A spokesman for MoveOn.org confirmed to The Post that the liberal activist group had paid only $65,000 for the ad – a reduction of more than $116,000 from the stated rate.
Senate Democratic leaders on Wednesday rejected the call by the top U.S. general in Iraq to send 30,000 U.S. troops home by next summer, saying it does not go far enough.
“This is unacceptable to me, it’s unacceptable to the American people,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Reid said the recommendation by Gen. David Petraeus, expected to be embraced by President Bush in a speech to the nation on Thursday, “is neither a drawdown or a change in mission that we need. His plan is just more of the same.”
“I call on the Senate Republicans to not walk lockstep as they have with the president for years in this war. It’s time to change. It’s the president’s war. At this point it also appears clear it’s also the Senate Republicans’ war,” Reid told a Capitol Hill news conference.
But, will the Democrats in Congress be able to change USA Iraq War policy?
NOPE – nor do they have the will to do so.
Reid and Pelosi will be content to sit back and KARP on Bush hoping the United States mission eventually fails.